Sanoli's Kitchen

Saturday, December 28, 2013


'Mocha' or banana blossom is one of a complex Bengali cooking dishes which brings out a flavour of rural Bengal. Fresh rains of earth, drooling paddy field and the green ponds; a true smell of a Bengali life is now coming in mind. 'Mocha Ghonto' or stirfried banana flower is a common dish in each and every Bengali household. But this recipe I came to know from my great Grand Ma, she cooked this dish very efficiently and still today it is memorable to all of us, the very traditional and exceptional dish of kofta curry made with banana blossom and shrimp. A mouth watery, very delectable dish from my Grand Ma's kitchen is here for you..............


1 Medium Banana Blossom (mocha)
300 gm Small Sized Shrimp
1 tbsp Ginger Paste
1 tbsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
4 tbsp Gram Flour (besan)
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
2 tbsp Corn Flour
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Oil + Oil for frying

1/2" Cinnamon, 2 cloves, 2 Green Cardamom (for tempering)
1 Large Onion (paste)
1 Large Tomato (pureed)
2 tbsp Beaten Yogurt / Curd
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
4-5 nos Cashewnuts
2 Green Chilli
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tbsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tbsp Sugar (for flavour)
1 tsp Clarified Butter (ghee)
1 tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves / Cilantro (optional)
3 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste


First of all, clean banana blossom and chop it finely. Set it aside.

Pressure cook banana blossom with very little oil and turmeric powder and cook till 2 whistles. let is cool down naturally. Squeeze out as much water as possible and keep it aside.

De shell and devein shrimp.

Take shrimps in a grinder and give a quick pulse to crush them.

In a pan heat 2 tbsp oil. Add ginger and garlic paste in it, saute till raw smell disapprears. Add crushed shrimp in it. Fry for 2 minutes (will see shrimp are crumbled). Now add coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala. Fry nicely.

Add boiled banana blossom and salt in it. Fold nicely and fry for 3-4 minutes till everything incorporated very well. Switch off heat now. 

Add gram flour in it and mix well.

In a bowl, mix corn flour with 1/2 Cup water to make a smooth batter. Keep it aside.

Make into small balls, dip balls in corn flour batter and deep fry in oil till golden.

When done, remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Koftas are ready now.

Grind poppy seeds, cashewnuts and green chillies to make a smooth paste. Set it aside.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadai. Temper with cinnamon, cardamon and cloves. Saute for few seconds, till spices turn into light brown. Add onion paste in it.

Saute for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, till onion turns into golden. Add tomato puree in it. Fry till oil comes out from it.

Add coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and sugar. Fry for a minute.

Mix cashewnut and poppy seeds paste and fold nicely for 2 minutes.

Pour curd in it, mix thoroughly. Add 1 cup warm water and salt in it. Cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.

Add coriander leaves and clarified butter. Remove from heat now.

Arrange koftas on a tray or bowl, pour this delicious gravy on it. Delectable kofta curry is ready to serve with plain rice or pulao.
NOTE: If you want to add potato in gravy, can add potato also. For that fried potato cubes before and add it at the time of adding water in it.
If you are in hurry to make koftas, then you may mix boiled banana flower, shrimp, spices, salt and gram flour all together and mix it well by using hand. Make koftas with it. But if we saute everything in little oil, then the raw smell of shrimp goes away and koftas will be more tasty and flavourful.
I used corn flour batter to dip koftas before frying, thats why koftas will be more crispy, crunchy and tasty.
Except gravy, this kofta is a very incredible snack. You may serve it as a starter or side of a main course.
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Hi My Dear Friends,

It's amazing how fast a year can fly; today is the first blogging anniversary of  "Sanoli's Kitchen". Before 1 year ago, I started blogging named "Sanoli's Kitchen". I thought a blog would be an efficient way to store several recipes with theirs pictures, which I can share with my friends and other family members. When I started this food blog a year ago, my intention was to post daily, but I ended up with just 220 posts, still I am really happy with that. Today also I am a learner only, I wish to learn more and more. During this 1 year, I have visited many many food blogs with wonderful amazing new recipes to try, I felt I have been invitied so many lovely kitchens of my new dear friends whom I have met.

Tons of thanks to my subscribers, regular readers, co-blogger friends for in timing of visiting and reading my space, cooking your way through some of my favourite recipes and leaving your valuable feed back along the way. Your appreciation motivates me to further progress and improve 'Sanoli's Kitchen'.

So friends, celebrating this first anniversary with yummilicious "Murgh Tangri Kabab", a very delicious grilled chicken dish. If you try it once, trust me, it will be your next party menu surely. It has a different taste than other chicken dishes, an irresistible chicken recipe as starter of meal. Tangri kababs are nothing but grilled chicken legs along with thighs. Luciously juicy and tender on the inside, where as they are coated with a scumptious flavourful marinade from the outside.

4 Chicken Legs (with thigh)
1/2 tbsp White Pepper Powder
1/2 tbsp Black Pepper Powder
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Garlic Paste
150 gm Hanged Plain Yogurt (Curd)
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1/3 tsp Saffron Strands
2-3 tbsps Olive Oil
2 tsps Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Chaat Masala
Salt to taste

Wash the chicken pieces and make it pat dry.

Now make deep cuts on the thicker flesh of the chicken pieces upto the bone part with the tip of your knife. Make sure the marination will enter inside the chicken pieces.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients (except saffron) nicely. 

Marinate chicken pieces in that mixture and refrigerate for atleast two hours. (I refrigerated the marinated chicken for overnight)

Take out the marinated chicken from refrigerator, sprinkle with the strands of saffron.

Preheat oven to 200 C for 10 minutes. Arrange chicken pieces on the grilled rack, sprinkle little olive oil on the top of the chicken. Now grill for 25 minutes. Turn the other side of chicken legs in between (after 15 minutes). Switch off the oven. Keep it as it is inside the oven for another 5-7 minutes.

Take out from oven. Sprinkle little lemon juice and chaat masala on the top.

Serve immediately by garnishing green salad, onion rings and lemon wedges. Enjoy!!! 

If you really like this recipe, please don't forget to send me your feedbacks...
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This type of green beans are cheesy, garlic flavored and a fabulous dish, is easy and great side for any meal. It is simple and delicious, a kid's friendly recipe. It can be serve in any  party or made for any lazy day. You may use sherry or vinegar as a dressing, but I love to prepare it in a very easy way. Taste it, it would be awesome!

2 Medium Sized Tomatoes
4 OZ / 125 gm Green Beans
1 tsp Minced Garlic
2 Cheese Cubes (grated)
1 tbsp Chopped Cilantro / Coriander Leaves
½ tsp Sugar
Black Pepper Powder (as per taste)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Butter

Wash and cut green beans in 2” pieces.  Set it aside.

Boil green beans with whole tomatoes for 5 minutes on medium heat. Drain water completely. Remove skins of tomatoes and keep those aside.

Heat butter in a non-stick pan. Add minced garlic, sauté for 30 seconds and followed by adding green beans in it. Saute for 3-4 minutes on high heat. Remove from heat.

Cut each in 4 slices, lengthwise.  Arrange tomatoes in a greased tray.  spread all green beans evenly on the sliced tomatoes.

Sprinkle sugar, pepper powder, salt, grated cheese and cilantro on the top. 

Preheat oven to 200 C/400 F. Bake beans and tomato mixture for 10 minutes. Remove it from the oven and serve . It is a great combo with garlic bread and/or pair well with grilled steak or chicken.
Recipe Source: 'Moner Moton Ranna' (ABP Publication) 

Friday, December 27, 2013


Goalondo Chicken curry / Steamer curry or boatmen style chicken curry is a very special dish made with fresh chicken and basic spices. This chicken curry used to be made by the muslim boatmen on these river routes. Ofcourse, there were very limited resourses to make the chicken curry in boat or steamer. So this chicken curry usually made with fresh basic un-ground spices.
(Picture of Goalondo Ghat in undivided Bengal) Photo Courtesy: Google
Here is a brief on the importance of 'Goalundo Ghat' in earlier years: "If one goes from Calcutta to Dacca the rail journey is broken at Goalundo and from there to Narayanganj is continued by steamer. The night mail from Calcutta deposits one at Goalundo in the early hours of the morning. It is situated at the junction of the Padma (branch of the Ganges) and the Brahmaputra. Daily services of steamers connect it with the railway systems at Narayanganj and chandpur, and with the steamer services to Madaripur, Baisal, Sylhet and Cachar.(from wikipedia)


500 gm Chicken, Cut into Medium Sized Pieces
1 Cup Chopped Onion
2 tsp Minced Ginger
1&1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
5-6 Chopped Green Chilies (according to taste)
3/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
4 tbsp or 1/4 Cup Mustard Oil
Salt to taste


Clean and wash the chicken nicely, drain water completely and make it pat dry.
In a wok or frying pan, combine chicken, ginger, garlic, onion and turmeric powder. Mix well. Set it aside for atleast an hour.
Add oil and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Now add green chilies and salt in it. Cover and cook about 30 minutes on medium heat or till the chicken is tender. Stir occassionally. Turn off heat now.
Serve Goalondo chicken curry with warm steamed rice.

TIPS: Ginger, green chilies and garlic need to be fresh to get the                exact flavor of spices.
          No water is used in this recipe.
          Except Mustard oil, no other cooking oil is to be used for 
          getting the   authentic taste.
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